You Forgot All About The Chrysler Crossfire, Didn t You?

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Chrysler Crossfire

You Forgot All About The Chrysler , Didn#39;t You?

Admit it. The Crossfire has slipped your Days, no weeks — months, a two, three — have by, and no Chrysler Crossfire, a car to which you probably devoted a thought and there.

How could something present in your consciousness go away like that?

not like it’s been that long. The Chrysler has only been off the market 2008. Yet, experts on any given day more people about Bob Dole driving a Catera than they do the Chrysler Crossfire.

Of course, this is less to be true if you live in Michigan. In you see everything all the time.

Wait on a corner in Michigan for a couple of and you’ll see a Pontiac Astre. The Astre was Pontiac’s version of the Vega. You didn’t remember

Obviously, you don’t live in where the last remaining Astres in the universe live in ignorance of their extinction And where only a real would tell them that.

Right now, in Michigan, an Oldsmobile Alero went by and nobody even

The line between forgotten and just plain forgotten is clear. I know car guys than 25 who could rattle off the product cycle of the Chrysler-Maserati TC. But the Crossfire?

Not even a blip. in a few years they will, but for now the Crossfire is in limbo, thanks to the rule. That is, a car has to be at least 22 old before bringing it up in conversation car nerds will change the of the room.

Try it. Next time you and car nerd friends are hanging out on patio, drinking an IPA brewed in other car-nerd’s basement, the Oldsmobile Achieva. Schmuck, the is only 21 years old at best. Had you Buick Reatta, you could sat back in smug satisfaction as the fireworks went off.

Instead, the conversation switched to cars.

But what about the Crossfire? Was it any good? I know driven it, I think I even about it, but I can barely remember it.

Chrysler Crossfire

what I have, strictly memory: It had a Mercedes platform, that it? An SLK? Or an SL? No, it’d be too An SLK. C-class based. And it had a V6, and was an SRT version with a supercharger some people liked.

And it was a little cramped inside and it had narrow hatchback, and (oh!) was a weird roadster version. all I’ve got.

Clearly, the was a hopeful collaboration, but ultimate of strained Daimler-Chrysler tensions. It first as a show car in 2001 launching into production in the base model powered by 18v, 3.2-liter SOHC V6. The language was visionary, but largely and divisive.

It did have its fans, who appreciated its grand-touring ride and Benzish anointment.

The Crossfire sold pretty — at just under $40 grand a pop — in and 2004, peaking in its first at around 36,000 units, but fell off so sharply that by you could get one on Overstock.com for less an espresso machine. And that’s partly a joke — they offered on the big O for $8,900 off MSRP.

The SRT was actually pretty kickass. It had a suspension, lots of rubber and a Kompressor V6 similar to that in the but resentfully detuned by Stuttgart to the of 20 horsepowers. Still, there was a lot of Mercedes in there for the money.

It’s been described, charitably, as a bargain SLK AMG, by Karmann in Osnabrück, Germany, is a real place.

And now that thought of it, the Chrysler Crossfire and will, slink back your deep memory until around 2029, your kids will bug over homemade IPAs, what the weird cars of the were really like.

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